EYE / NOSE
Dark golden, brownish in color. Highland Park distillates have a great distilling character per se which sometimes seems to suffer a little from careful barrel management, which has not necessarily improved in recent years. Here, however, the flavor profile in the nose immediately reminds me of the Highland Parks of the old school, such as the former Highland Park 18yo, as he was published in the 1990s or most recently 2005/6, it lacks at most a little fruit. Wow! Orange tea, spices - cloves, coriander - the latter without soapy, heather, breakfast cake, mild honey sweetness, vanilla, chestnut, lavender flowers, pipe tobacco and subliminal waxy notes, plus a very fine, almost subtle to name Orkney Smoke Carpet.
Extremely creamy, just buttery mouthfeel, pleasantly warmer. Balanced, fruity-sweet aromas, as I have already perceived in the nose. A new addition is a taste of Brazil nuts and fresh Amarettini. The latter, by the way, also a note that makes me happily think back to earlier Highland Parks. You also experiment with water here, I save that for tasting for good reason. Overall, a few splashes of water but still produce a little more fruit.
FINISH / CONCLUSION
The sweetish, spicy finish is long and towards the end, with fine wood aromas, becoming drier. Slightly chalky. Also here: nothing bad! Overall, very clean. No miss notes, no diseases.
This is a great malt, he is 'moreish', as they say in English so nice - just tastes like more. Or how about Bruichladdich's former Distillery Manager Duncan McGillivray when asked about his favorite pastime: 'Give me our Laddie 15yo 2nd edition - or anything from Highland Park.'